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Duo arrested after Sherwood traffic stop

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sherwood Police say they confiscated these items during a traffic stop on Friday night. The driver and passenger of the car face drug and gun-related charges.Sherwood Police have arrested two people on drug and firearm-related charges after a minor traffic stop lead to a search of the vehicle.

According to Ty Hanlon with the Sherwood Police Department, an officer pulled over a 1992 white Cadillac for a traffic infraction near the corner of Southwest Gerda Lane and Galbreath Drive at about 11:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21.

The duo are reportedly living in a Portland area hotel and told police that they had driven into Sherwood by mistake after taking a wrong turn.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sherwood Police say they pulled over this white Cadillac for a traffic infraction on Friday night. A K-9 unit found drugs and a firearm hidden inside the vehicle.Hanlon said he wasn’t aware of the details of the stop, but said that during the traffic stop police found drugs on both suspects and called in the city's K-9 unit to search the vehicle.

The dog reportedly found additional drugs hidden inside the vehicle. In total, Hanlon said, officers found 99 grams of heroin and 2 grams of Methamphetamine.

Police also found a loaded handgun hidden underneath the passenger seat, as well as a scale and cash.

The driver, Loren Dowdy, 55, of Portland, was charged with possessing, manufacturing and distributing heroin and possessing methamphetamine. Dowdy was also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon and driving with a suspended license. He is being held for $55,000 bail.

Dowdy’s passenger, Chelsea Dennis, 22, was charged with possessing, manufacturing and distributing heroin, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both were lodged in the Washington County Jail and both are being held for $55,000 bail.

The case is currently under investigation by Sherwood Police.

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